March Break is a great time to be with your family and enjoy all your free time! If you’re planning on taking your pet with you on any drives during March Break, these tips will keep everyone comfortable.
Driving with your pet over March Break
Keep the car at a comfortable temperature using air conditioning or heat when necessary (never leave your pet alone inside the vehicle, even with windows partially open, it only takes minutes for an animal to develop heatstroke or freeze);
- Feed your pet a light meal at least four hours before the trip (to help prevent car sickness);
- Prevent your pet from sticking her head out the window (sudden stops and debris can cause injury);
- Schedule rest stops every two to four hours for exercise, bathroom and water breaks (bring a litter box for cats);
- Attach your pet’s leash before opening the car door (to prevent accidental escapes);
- If your pet’s not used to travelling use a harness (it’s more difficult for your pet to wriggle out of);
- If crossing borders bring a copy of any required documents (e.g. proof of vaccinations); and
- Keep the car sound system volume moderate due to the sensitivity of dogs’ and cats’ hearing.